Summer in Seaside — where a cool spot to the beach or pool is just a few steps away, the town is abuzz with festivities and the whole family can join in the fun.
The coolest things for summer are right here. Our picks will keep the kiddos happy and bring out the kid in you, too.
Get Your Game On!
Kids and adults alike can play to their hearts’ content with this summer’s game craze, the OgoSport® OGODISK-XS® Game Set. Its OgoSoft ball and two saucer-shaped hand trampolines create endless sport possibilities, from disc golf, catch, badminton and baseball to tossing like a Frisbee, playing fetch with a pet or inventing a new game. Great for both indoor and outside, team and individual play. Auburn University and Florida Gator fans will especially like the disc colors in blue and orange. Available from Seaside Kids (850) 231-1733; theseasidestyle.com
Make a Splash!
With a super cool, supersized float from Duckies Shop of Fun. Pineapples, watermelons and calorie-free doughnuts are among Duckies’ irresistible food-themed inflatables. Animal lovers might prefer to float atop flamboyant pink flamingoes, white swans and, of course, yellow duckies. Follow Duckies on Instagram (duckiesseaside) for more photos, including ones with Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift to see which inflatables like the ones Duckies sells, floats the boats of these and other celebrities. Prices range: $25 and up. Duckies Shop of Fun, (850) 231-4800; shopduckies.com
And speaking of floats, beat summer’s sweltering heat with the ultimate frosty treat, a nostalgic root beer float from Frost Bites. For the past 23 years, avid fans (including Troy Aikman, Jason Witten and Sean Payton) have lined up for this mouth-watering, made-to-order delight by Seaside’s original Airstream operator. Watch in anticipation as an iced-cold bottle of IBC root beer cascades over three large scoops of creamy frozen vanilla custard. Frost Bites (252) 452-3013; frostbitesseaside.com
Fourth of July fireworks. Beach barbecues. Poolside parties. Popular local designer, Judith March’s flutter sleeve dress is perfect for any summer celebration. Flirty and flattering, this must-have affordable frock features an easy-fitting body style, a sexy scoop neckline and is trimmed in fringe. Available at DejaVu in three summery solids: emerald, coral and periwinkle; and fun prints: like orange snake print and ivory or black Japanese florals. An amazing value at $68 per design. DejaVu (850) 534-0710;
Relax and Refresh!
Enjoy the easy-breezy days of summer with a refreshing Shack Splash cocktail from the Shrimp Shack. In-the-know imbibers have been seeking out the citrusy thirst-quencher since its debut in 2013. The slightly tart taste of fresh-squeezed homemade lemonade with a splash of vodka or light rum is crisp and light. Plus, it pairs perfectly with Shrimp Shack’s famous hot lob-stah rolls and steamed Royal Reds (shrimp). Sip and savor from their screened back porch with vintage charm or scenic back deck. For spectacular sunsets, grab a table at the Seaside Pavilion- just steps away. The Shrimp Shack, (850) 231-3799, sweetwilliamsltd.com